Karen Andes

... Contact Information:
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road NE. Room 6051
Atlanta, GA 30322
tel: 404-727-5454
kandes@emory.edu

Title Position: Assistant Professor

Department: Hubert Department of Global Health | Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

Past Work in Latino/Hispanic Health:

U.S.: In 2012, Dr. Andes was the lead researcher and developer of the Georgia Latino Health Report. In the same year, she developed and chaired the Georgia Latino Health Summit in collaboration with the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia (HHCGA). Dr. Andes is also an HHCGA board member and part of the coalition’s behavioral health working group.

Latin America: Dr. Andes’ most active public health work in Latin America is in Paraguay. In 2005, Dr. Andes began a qualitative project on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Asuncion, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development through an agreement with CDC. That project was published in Spanish in 2009 and English in 2010. In 2009, Dr. Andes received a grant from Higher Education for Development (HED), also funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, to collaborate with the Paraguayan Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS) and other universities in Asuncion, to develop their post-graduate curriculum in public health. Since 2010, Dr. Andes has also been working with a community-based organization, Mil Solidarios, which serves disadvantaged youth in the Bañado Sur neighborhood of Asuncion. She has also worked in Colombia and Mexico.

Current Work in Latino/Hispanic Health:

U.S.: Dr. Andes is directing a new partnership with the Ventanillas de Salud program at the Mexican Consulate.

Latin America: Dr. Andes has an active partnership with Mil Solidarios in Asuncion, Paraguay. Each summer, she mentors graduate students in conducting research projects in the Bañado Sur neighborhood. In Mexico, Dr. Andes is working with the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, teaching an intensive course on Qualitative Data Analysis for their summer institute.

Opportunities for Students:

Since 2010, Dr. Andes has advised graduate student research with Mil Solidarios in the Bañado Sur neighborhood of Asuncion. She has mentored GHI teams as well as individual GFE students. Student research topics have varied over the years to include resilience, youth involvement in neighborhoods, intervention piloting, and communication regarding adolescence. Dr. Andes has mentored student projects throughout Latin America, including Haiti, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, and the US/Mexico border.

Relevant Courses:

Course Title:Course Offered:Description
GH 555: Proposal Development Spring; half semester In this class, Dr. Andes discusses health topics that are of concern to Latino populations.
GH 543: Fundamentals of Qualitative Data Analysis Varies, One-week intensive In this class, Dr. Andes discusses health topics that are of concern to Latino populations.
BSHE 538: Qualitative Research Methods Varies In this class, Dr. Andes discusses health topics that are of concern to Latino populations.
BSHE 539: Qualitative Data Analysis Fall In this class, Dr. Andes discusses health topics that are of concern to Latino populations.

Partner Organizations:

United StatesLatin America
Mexican Consulate of Atlanta El Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP) in Mexico
Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, USA Mil Solidarios, Asuncion, Paraguay
CETPA, Atlanta, GA Instituto Nacional de Salud, Asuncion, Paraguay
  Centro Paraguayo de Estudios de Poblacion (CEPEP)